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    Knott's refurbished Log Ride wins Golden Ticket award

    Congratulations to Knott's Berry Farm for winning the 2013 Golden Ticket award, Turnstile Award, from the publication Amusement Today (AT), for the refurbishment of the Timber Mountain Log Ride, which opened this summer.

    I don't really know much about the awards or publication, but I copied the text from the section of the September 2013 issue of Amusement Today announcing the awards. I saw the news on the Twitter feed of Brady MacDonald (@latimesfunland), who writes about theme parks for the L.A. Times.

    Here's the link to the award publication (page 29 of the 44-page document):

    http://www.goldenticketawards.com/pd...et_section.pdf



    Knott’s preserves its ‘heirloom’ log ride


    A dependable turnstile-spinner

    for Knott’s Berry Farm

    in Buena Park,

    Calif., for 44 years, the

    Timber Mountain

    Log Ride

    cemented its place as the most

    popular attraction at the park this season

    with the completion of a $5 million-plus

    refurbishment.

    The ride’s structural and extensive animatronic

    figure makeover, performed under the direction and

    watchful eye of Raffi Kaprelyan, vice president and

    general manager of Knott’s, has spurred guests to

    “log” as many as three trips per visit on the themed

    flume/dark ride hybrid’s 2,100-foot course.


    Telling the story of a late-19th century logging

    community and sawmill in the Sierra Nevada, the three-level Timber Moun

    -tain was the brainchild of late theme park pioneer

    Wendell “Bud” Hurlbut, who also created the classic Calico Mine Ride

    for Knott’s.

    San Bernardino,Calif.-based Garner Holt Productions, a major
    supplier of park and museum animatronics, provided hundreds
    of state-of-the art animated figures and

    props— most modeled directly from the preexisting scenes.”

    Bill Butler, Garner Holt’s creative design director, took what he called

    a “preservationist’s approach to the project that he hoped would carry it

    through the next 45 years.


    “Bud Hurlbut said in an interview that he really wished he could’ve gotten
    back to [his Knott’s] attractions to add new technologies... we wanted to

    enhance and continue to tell the story of the logging camp and add to that

    new animatronics technologies that would really change the way we’re able to

    create characters and scenes.” Butler told AT.


    Park general manager Kaprelyan felt a strong sense of duty to Hurlbut’s

    legacy and the decades-long loyalty Knott’s customers have shown to Timber

    Mountain when he undertook the complex decision-making that went into the

    renovations.


    “This ride not only embodies the spirit of Knott’s Berry Farm, but it also

    set the bar for all themed attractions that came after,” Kaprelyan told

    AT atTimber Mountain’s grand reopening in May. “Bud made numerous contribu

    -tions to the park, but I think that this one remains his crowning achievement.”

    ATcouldn’t agree more, and therefore it honors the Timber Mountain
    Log Ride with the 2013 Turnstile Award.




    Working with Garner Holt Productions, Knott’s Berry Farm spent more than

    $5 million refurbishing the classic 44-year-old Timber Mountain Log Ride.
    The project included new animatronic figures, LED lighting, an improved

    sound system, and new paint and trees on the mountain’s exterior. The attraction
    has been drawing record ridership since its May 30 reopening.


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    Re: Knott's refurbished Log Ride wins Golden Ticket award

    Apologies for the sizing and spacing of the text. The formatting on the PDF document was not easy to copy from, or clean up.

    The original document also has four nice photos of the attraction.

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    Re: Knott's refurbished Log Ride wins Golden Ticket award

    Congrats again Knotts.

    This year, you were marginally more interesting than Disneyland.
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    Re: Knott's refurbished Log Ride wins Golden Ticket award

    I'd be excited if the Golden Ticket awards weren't such a joke.

    We all know how awesome the Log Ride is, Knott's knows how awesome the Log Ride is.


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    Re: Knott's refurbished Log Ride wins Golden Ticket award

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    I'd be excited if the Golden Ticket awards weren't such a joke.

    We all know how awesome the Log Ride is, Knott's knows how awesome the Log Ride is.
    I don't know if I'd call it a "joke" so much as I'd call it a thrill-centric list. Looking at past years the "voters" occasionally branch out, but for the most part if it's not a coaster it doesn't apparently really register and if it's Disney (other than Illuminations) it's not even on their radar. I'm a little surprised the Log Ride made the cut under the way the results seem to run.
    Credibility is to be sought for. Credulity is not. Sadly the latter is our normal human state.

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    Re: Knott's refurbished Log Ride wins Golden Ticket award

    alright that is awesome and great. congratulations log

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